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Activists Take Issue With Proposed Virginia Hybrid Tax

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Protesters staked out in front of the capitol building in Richmond to protest proposed fees on hybrid cars.
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Protesters staked out in front of the capitol building in Richmond to protest proposed fees on hybrid cars.

Enviromental activists are in Richmond taking legislators to task for a series of measures that they say would harm efforts to protect the environment.

About a dozen protesters with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network stood outside the Virginia state capitol waving miniature windmills and signs that read "Tax Pollutions, Not Solutions." Their protests are punctuated by honks from hybrid car owners who are angry at Gov. Bob McDonnell's transportation plan that does away with the state's gas tax, but which would also impose a $100 tax on hybrid cars.

Picketers urged lawmakers to reject a plan that would dismantle the commonwealth's only broad clean energy law, known as a Renewable Portfolio Standard.


Making Art Off The Grid: A Month-Long Residency At A Remote National Park

Filmmakers Carter McCormick and Paula Sprenger recently wrapped up a month as artists-in-residence at Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. No phone, TV, Internet or other people.

After A Long Day Of Fighting Climate Change, This Grain Is Ready For A Beer

Kernza is a kind of grassy wheat that traps more carbon in the soil than crops like wheat and rice. Now, a West Coast brewery is using the grain in its new beer called Long Root Ale.
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Why Millions Of American Men Have Left The Workforce, And How To Bring Them Back

Today’s unemployment rate is down sharply from the height of the Great Recession. But more than a fifth of American men had no paid employment last year, and seven million of them have stopped looking altogether. Why men are leaving the workforce – and how to bring them back.


Tesla Surprise: It's A Profit

The company posted a profit of nearly $22 million for the third quarter, the first quarterly profit since 2013. Tesla attributes the good results in part to new stores.

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